#CampRebel Attendees Include NFL Scouts|
Aug. 17, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Another day, another NFL scout watching the goings-on at #CampRebel.
As the season-opening game vs. Jackson State draws closer and the preseason opportunities dwindle, one constant over the last week has been NFL teams sending reps to look over the team’s class of seniors.
Pro squads that have been seen on the sidelines of at least one recent practice include the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks.
Every senior on both sides of the ball gets a look, of course, but linebacker Tau Lotulelei, whose older brother and former Rebel, John, is in camp with the Oakland Raiders, is on everyone’s must-see list while defensive lineman Jeremiah Valoaga – all 6-feet-6 of him – has a chance to play on Sundays next year as well.
Second-year head coach Tony Sanchez said it's too early to tell what the scouts will think of the potential pro players because a lot of judgement comes from performance on and off the field during their senior season.
"We’ve had a lot of scouts out every day for the last five days but they’re going to see all the schools," said Sanchez. "If you have the ability to play, they’re going to find you. When you are coming out of college it’s going to come down to your work ethic and ability to go out and make plays. There is a lot of guys here who will have opportunities but it will all be dictated by the way they go out and compete.
"When those guys come out to practice they are looking for skill sets but also looking at work ethic, the ways guys carry themselves. They go back, and look into how they do in school, how they interact with teammates and staff off the field, interact with the community. Guys have to realize that they are painting a big picture. We have guys who if they do things correctly have a chance to play on Sundays. There is a good handful of them and I think those numbers will increase every year as we build this."
IN THE PROS
Speaking of the NFL, five former Rebels are in league camps as of Wednesday. The veteran of that group is longtime center Joe Hawley (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), who is entering his seventh pro campaign after being drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round back in 2010. The aforementioned John Lotulelei (Raiders) is entering his fourth professional season; offensive tackle Brett Boyko (Chargers) is trying to catch on with his new team after spending his rookie campaign on the practice squad with the Philadelphia Eagles; defensive end Josh Shirley (Seahawks) is also in his second year in the league while offensive lineman Cam Jefferson (Broncos) won a Super Bowl ring last year as a member of the practice squad in Denver.
Looking up north in the Canadian Football League, two Rebels are contributing to their teams. Former St. Louis Rams' defensive back Quinton Pointer is a first-year member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats while Canadian native Shaq Murray-Lawrence is in his second season as a running back/return man for the B.C. Lions.
In the Arena League, 2007 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Beau Bell won the AFL's Player of the Week Award earlier this month and the linebacker will play in the Arena Bowl against the Arizona Rattlers on August 26.
UNLV is back on the field Thursday for two sessions leading up to Friday’s scrimmage, which is open to the public at Rebel Park on campus.
Friday’s practice starts at 8:10 a.m. and the team will begin the scrimmage about 20 minutes later.
Season tickets for the six-game 2016 home schedule start at $230 on the Sidelines and $130 in the End Zone. A limited number of Value End Zone Season Tickets are available in the North end of Sam Boyd Stadium for just $99. There is also a special two-game mini-plan still available.
Single-game tickets are also available. Advance prices start at just $35 on the Sidelines, $20 in the End Zone and $14 in the Value End Zone for four of the games (Jackson State, Fresno State, Colorado State and Wyoming) while premium-game pricing for the Battle for the Fremont Cannon vs. Nevada, Reno starts at $50 on the Sidelines, $30 in the End Zone and $20 for the Value End Zone. A special Friends & Family Night vs. Idaho features pricing at $20 Sidelines and $9 End Zone. Additional fees apply to all sales and all prices increase by $5 per ticket on the day of game.
Log on to www.unlvtickets.com or call (702) 739-FANS (3267) to buy yours today or for more information regarding ticket offers. Group pricing is available by calling Dan Johnson at (702) 895-1885.